Lee Jay Berman began as a full-time mediator over 22 years ago, and has successfully mediated over 2,100 matters. He is a on the American Arbitration Association’s elite Master Mediator panel for employment matters, and is a national panelist on AAA’s commercial and construction panels. He is a Distinguished Fellow with the International Academy of Mediators, a Charter Diplomat with the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, certified by the International Mediation Institute, and a Dispute Resolution Expert with the United Nations Development Programme. He was Mediator of the Year for the US Bankruptcy Court in California, California’s Daily Journal twice named him “Top Neutral”, Acquisition International Magazine awarded him “Mediator of the Year – California” from 2012-2016, and he has been voted by his colleagues into the Who’s Who of International Commercial Mediation in 2012-2015.
A respected trainer, he founded the American Institute of Mediation, leaving his position as Director of Pepperdine Law School’s Mediating the Litigated Case program after seven years. The Southern California Mediation Association awarded him the Randolph Lowry Award for his work in advancing the education in the mediation field. He served for four years as national chair of the American Bar Association’s Dispute Resolution Training Committee. In addition to lecturing and training at Pepperdine, he has lectured and trained at Universities across the U.S., and at Bond University in Brisbane, Australia. Lee Jay has trained judges, attorneys and business leaders in India, Australia, and throughout Europe and the Middle East.
As an author, he has published numerous articles on mediation, negotiation, ethics, and leadership. Along with his blog Eye On Conflict, the ABA will be publishing two of his books in 2016.